Kuwait gets new cabinet, with new oil and defense ministers

Published February 15th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Kuwait's crown prince and prime minister, Sheikh Saad Abdallah al-Sabah, announced the formation of a new 15-member cabinet Wednesday with eight new faces, including the ministers of oil and defense’s  

 

The new cabinet left the foreign, interior and health portfolios unchanged, said a decree read over state-run radio said.  

 

The new oil minister will be Adel Khaled al-Sebeih, who previously held the electricity portfolio. Among the newcomers to the cabinet were three ruling family members. 

 

Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah takes the defence portfolio, Sheikh Ahmad Fahad al-Sabah the information ministry and Sheikh Mohammad al-Sabah becomes state minister for foreign affairs.  

 

Sheikh Jaber was an advisor to the emir since 1992. He became minister of social affairs in 1986 and, between 1988 and 1990, was information minister. 

 

Sheikh Mohammad, the younger brother of the outgoing defense minister, Sheikh Salem al-Sabah, has been Kuwait's ambassador to Washington since 1993. 

 

Four elected MPs were given ministerial positions, compared with only one in the previous cabinet, which resigned January 28 over "obstacles" hindering its work.  

Seven members are from the ruling Al-Sabah family. In addition to defense, they also hold key portfolios of foreign affairs, interior and information. There were six ruling family members in the outgoing cabinet. 

 

The formation of the cabinet was announced following calls for the emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to intervene to resolve disputes between the prime minister and foreign minister, which have deadlocked the formation of a government. The cabinet is expected to be sworn in by the emir on Saturday.—AFP 

©--Agence France Presse 2001. 

© 2001 Mena Report (www.menareport.com)

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